beagles

Nellie, the talking Beagle (he said)

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“I always loved dogs but because of the business of life I felt it would be an intrusion on how I lived.

Both of my daughters have dogs and I love them.

Then one day my wife and I were at an event at ARF (Animal Rescue Fund) and fell in love with a Beagle who stared at us lovingly.

After taking her for a walk, we went into the ARF office for the mandatory interview.  Nellie jumped on my lap while we were waiting for our interview and I literally started to cry.

Three years later, when I come home from the office, Nellie kisses me in a way that could substitute for a shower.

My work with very ill and older clients who have dementia is extremely stressful.  I deal with sad and sometimes tragic cases.

The unlimited love, affection and attention that I receive from Nellie chases away the depression.

Nellie’s welcoming everyday when I come home as a continuum is so satisfying.  She is an alternative to antidepressant drugs; she is my uptake inhibitor.”

Nellie, the talking Beagle (she said, part 2)

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“There’s never been a bad time with her.  There were dietary issues.

My husband left his backpack on the floor and he forgot there were red velvet cupcakes from an office party inside.  Of course she found them and had herself a party.

The next morning on our walk in the park she couldn’t move.  I picked her up and rushed her to the vet, where they kept her for the whole day doing tests to make sure she was okay.  Fortunately, I had pet insurance.

She is a great anti-depressant.  She is better than any pill.

My life has much more of a routine.  I’ve discovered the park that I have lived next door to for forty years,  I have made a whole new circle of friends and I am never lovely.  Having Nellie has rejuvenated my marriage. We are both able share in loving this beautiful dog.         These are the pluses.

I don’t like to leave her, and it’s curtailed travel plans.  I am no longer able to go places spontaneously.

Forget kids, get a dog.

Nellie, the talking Beagle (she said, part 1)

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“My husband and I fell in Love with Nellie.

We went to an event at ARF (the Animal Rescue Fund).  We had been talking about getting a dog forever, and we knew we were both vulnerable.

We never got to hear the speakers at the celebration of the animals because there was a van with the adoptable animals in it and I made a B-line for the van.

Nellie put her nose against the front of her crate and started talking to me.  I summoned my husband and he asked if we could walk her around the grounds. We took her for a walk and she was very happy to be out of her confinement.

My husband picked her up and she melted in his arms.  He was overcome with tears and we knew we wanted to be her parents.”

Buddy & Ozzie (part 2)

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“I spoke to the woman from the same rescue group, and they had a 7 year old pocket Beagle that was listed under the Urgent category. He was at a kill shelter and looked like he just needed somebody.  He was skinny, really scared and had fleas.  The rescue group said that he looked like he had been on his own for a while.

They drove him up to NYC from Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The I saw him, he was not what I expected.  He was full of energy and squirming around.

I didn’t know what beagles were like so I had no idea what energy they have.  I thought because he was a little bit older that he would be calm.  I tried to keep him contained in a pen and that didn’t work.

Once I put him on the patio while I was cleaning the floor and he broke through the plastic screen covering a window, so he made his own doggie door.

Buddy is more concerned with what I am doing and Ozzie is concerned with what Buddy is doing.

The only scare I had with Ozzie was when he ate chocolate pudding, but he was okay.

There was never any jealously between them.  They know their pecking order.”

Buddy & Ozzie (part 1)

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“My boyfriend was living with me and he was really against getting a dog.  He thought it was too much work.

It was something I wanted for a long time.

After he moved out, I started looking for a dog.

I got Buddy the day after my 30th birthday.  He was my birthday present to myself.

There was an event at the Petco near my apartment and Buddy was the first and only dog I met.  I felt like a could relate to him.  He seemed happy and content, like a chill little guy.  There was another woman interested but she seemed weird.  They asked me if I wanted to take him for a walk and I walked him home to my apartment.  He sniffed around, hopped on the couch and seemed at home  I went out of the room and he followed me.  He’s always by my feet.  He’s my little shadow.

Having Buddy helped me get over a bad relationship quickly.

I feel like I am pretty fortunate, and giving Buddy a good life means a lot to me.  I know that he feels safe and loved.

Once he got out of his collar, ran down the block, and headed towards the nearest avenue with a lot of traffic.  Luckily, a construction worker caught him and held onto him.

I got a camera to see what he was up to during the day because I work long hours at the office.  I watched him sitting by himself and even though it didn’t seem to bother him, I wasn’t okay with that.

I decided I would feel better if he had a companion.

Everyone tried to discourage me from getting another dog.  They said, you’re not going to be able to handle this.

All the while I looked on the Bowling Green rescue dog websites because Buddy was from Bowling Green, Kentucky.”